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5 reasons to… train as a Senior Mental Health Lead with the Anna Freud Centre

September 21, 2022, 15:07 GMT+1
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5 reasons to… train as a Senior Mental Health Lead with the Anna Freud Centre
  • Book a DfE-funded place on CPD-accredited Senior Mental Health Lead training
5 reasons to… train as a Senior Mental Health Lead with the Anna Freud Centre

The Anna Freud Centre offers training for Senior Mental Health Leads that is easy to access, fully-funded by the DfE and will provide you with all the knowledge and skills you need to implement a whole school approach.

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1 Good mental health at the heart of your school

As a teacher and school leader, you can do a lot to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children in your care. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to implement a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing, placing good mental health at the core of everything you do. Looking after the mental health and wellbeing of staff at your school matters too. Attendance on this course will provide you with a range of strategies to help you listen to your staff and support their needs.

2 Quality assured and fully funded training

The Anna Freud Centre Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) course has been assured by the Department for Education (DfE). If you work in a state-funded school in England, you can claim a grant of £1,200 from the DfE to attend. The course costs £800 and you can use the remaining grant for supply cover or to fund other activities to support mental health and wellbeing in your school.

3 Access the course from home or school

The SMHL course is accessible to you wherever you live and work because it is delivered online via Zoom over two full days, with two optional twilight reflection sessions. There are a range of bookable dates available, meaning it is easy for you to find a time that works for you to attend. After the training you will receive both CPD certification and membership of the Senior Mental Health Lead Alumni Network. Network members receive regular updates about new resources and opportunities for you, your colleagues, and the children and young people at your school.

4 Expert content

The course includes interactive break-out rooms as well as expert content that has been developed by teachers, for teachers. The content has been rigorously evaluated to ensure it is rooted firmly in the best available evidence about what works in terms of mental health and wellbeing in schools. The Anna Freud Centre is a world-leading centre of clinical practice, research, education and training in the field of children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

5 Learning together

The course is facilitated by expert trainers who are all former teachers or clinicians with extensive experience of working in schools. You will join a cohort of school leaders who are all facing similar challenges and you will have lots of opportunity to share experiences and ideas. Feedback from delegates has been amazingly positive. 99% say they would recommend the course to a colleague. 

  • The Anna Freud Centre works to transform the mental health of children and families across the UK. We provide evidence-based training to school staff.
  • The SMHL course is assured by the DfE and participants can claim a £1,200 grant from the DfE to cover the costs of attending.
  • Feedback to the course has been very positive: “Really interactive and practical support offered today. Found it exceptionally helpful” (SMHL attendee, Summer 2022).
  • Implement a whole school approach to promote good mental health and wellbeing. Book now.